Gardening; Container Style

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Best Vegetables To Grow in Containers

Tomatoes are my favorite to grow in containers. There are two types of tomatoes, determinate and indeterminate. The determinate type grow to a certain height, then stop and bush out. The determinate type doesn't take up a lot of space. The indeterminate type can keep growing to any height and does require staking or stringing for support and to keep the vine off the ground.

Another plant that grows well in pots is bell peppers. Choose a container eight to ten inches deep. They will need something to help support the weight as the fruit grows larger.

Banana peppers, jalapenos and most other hot peppers grow well in containers. They can also add eye appealing splashes of bold color for beauty and added appeal.

Lettuce grows very well in containers. It requires a lot of watering and thrives in cooler weather but will die off in a freeze. Lettuce is excellent to grow in fall or late Spring. Some good choices are Romaine, Butter head, Chinese and Arugula.

Cucumbers are easily grown in containers. Depending on the variety, you may need to stake or pot trellis for vining out and support. A twelve inch pot should work just fine. If you eat a lot of cucumbers, try growing several pots at a time.

Squash is another favorite. Choose pots or containers at least twelve inches in width and only one plant per pot. Two plants should produce as much squash as a family of four will need.

Brussels sprouts are another favorite. They work out best when grown in a pot at least twelve inches deep. They are self supporting and pretty much trouble free.

Strawberries are extremely easy to grow in containers. You can use just about any container you want as they have shallow roots. I love growing them in hanging baskets. They spread over the edge of the baskets, growing stems and runners that are loaded with scrumptious sweet strawberries. What could be more beautiful and rewarding.

Spinach, carrots, potatoes and green onions are also good choices. You can grow almost any vegetable in containers, just pay attention to the types and varieties and choose those that are best suited for growing in containers.


Growing Herbs in Containers

Herbs are perfect candidates to grow in containers.

Rosemary - Rosemary is a perennial. It's a hardy plant but does not tolerate cold weather at all. It doesn't like too much water and tolerates drier conditions. They grow excellent in containers at least twelve inches deep and wide.

Mint - Give the mint its own pot; it is an aggressive spreader. It also likes more water than some of the other herbs, so keep the soil moist but not soaking wet. Mint should be grown in a pot at least 12" or larger. Watch out for runners that may reach and invade your other near by containers.

Dill - Dill is an annual, but because it seeds itself , you will soon learn that if left alone, it comes back each Spring. It is best grown in a container, placed on the floor or ground. It can grow up to three feet or more and is too tall to for hanging baskets. You might want to combine it with basil. The dill will die back and go to seed, while the basil will still be producing and will thrive for the rest of the season. Standard basil can grow to be quite large on its own, so keep this in mind when choosing a container.

thyme- Thyme is a perennial.You will need a container at least ten inches in diameter to have a successful thyme plant. They do well in a loose potting soil mix and prefer drier soil, so let the soil dry completely in between watering, Thyme is usually a very low growing herb. It will grow to drape over the container. This is why I like to grow thyme in hanging basket containers.

Cilantro-Coriander- is an annual-You will want to grow cilantro in containers at least fourteen inches deep. Place a one inch layer of rock or small pebbles in the bottom of the container before adding the soil. Water the plant regularly.

Sage- Sage is a Perennial. It can be grown in containers at least eight inches deep and the same in width. Harvest often to keep the plant small. Grow only one plant per container.

Oregano is a perennial. It needs a container at least twelve inches deep to do well. Keep in mind, that depending on the variety, it can grow to a height of twenty-four inches. Allow the plant to dry in between watering. Feed two times during the growing season.

Some other good herb choices for growing in containers are parsley, basil, marjoram and tarragon.

Note: Oregano and Marigolds naturally repel most insect pest, so you may want to place containers of these around your growing area.

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Good choices for Container Flowers

Your hanging baskets and containers of flowers can last for a long time as long as you give them a little care and attention.

It is best not use any hanging baskets smaller than 10 inches or container smaller than 12 inches as these do not have enough water holding capability and will require watering a lot more often.

Make sure your hanging baskets and containers have good drainage holes and if possible a drip tray, so they can have water as needed. When the drip tray is dry, it is time to water again. if you can, try ro purchase the type that has a detachable drip tray. These are easier to keep clean of leaves and other debris.

If the plant leaves start turning yellow and flower and are slow to flower, you might need to fertilize. Don't over do it, more is not better. A little can do wonders but too much can burn the roots and kill the plant. Follow package instructions carefully.

Some good choices for growing flowers in containers are;

Angel's Trumpet, Canterbury Bells-, Lobelia, Candituft, Celosia, Geraniums, Marigold, Nasturtium Phlox, Salvia, Snapdragon, Sweet Alyssum, Petunia, Balloon flower, Blanket Flowers, ornamental peppers, African Daisy, Sweetpea, Verbena, Vinca and Zinnia.


How To Grow Potatoes in Bags

I found this short video that explains step by step how to easily grow potatoes in containers and bags. I'm impressed and plan to try this method soon. I will add an update as my experiment progresses. In the meantime, see for yourself how simple it is to grow potatoes in bags following  these few simple steps. http://video.about.com/containergardening/Grow-Potatoes-in-Containers.htm

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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

I love gardening, I ever try to plant chili, tomatoes, pineapple, watermelon and much more. It's wonderful how you can see the plant grow smoothly and produce fruits and vegetables. Nice hub anyway, thank you for sharing!


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Becky,

Someday I will try tomatoes in containers.


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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

Hi Becky :) Thank you for sharing all these great ideas! I love to garden and with your idea we can save money on herbs, they are so spendy I the store.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Movie Master, Glad you liked the Hub, thanks for voting.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Becky, I think containers are a great idea, it's surprising how much you can grow in a limited space, and you can't beat eating your own fresh produce! really informative hub, thank you.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Hi RTalloni,Thank you for voting and commenting. I have no objection to you linking this hub to yours and I will be glad to do the same. Thanks again.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for this overview of gardening in containers. I would like to link it to my hub on balloon flowers if you have no objection. Thanks!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Pollyannaiana, I know what you mean about the sky-rocketing cost of fresh produce. It really pays to grow your own these days. It sounds like your tomatoes are off to a great start, mine are not there yet. I hope you have a successful gardening season. Thanks for voting and commenting.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I will have to save this, I never thought about the green peppers and as expensive as they are getting I will get some of those, thank you! I have my tomatoes going though and some about thumb size already. I am going to see what all I can keep going through the winter of some of these since I am in a pretty warm climate. Great hub.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

almasi, thanks for sharing your experience. Have a wonderful day.


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almasi 5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

I learned the hard way that rosemary does not like a lot of water my container plants dried after I used to flood then with water once a week due to a tight schedule.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thank you Apostle Jack :)


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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

Your hub is "off the hook".I love your presentation.I voted useful and awesome.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing this info. Am starting to grow more in containers and my eventually change even the bush beans to containers.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

tonymead60, keeping the pest population down is another advantage of container gardening, thanks for pointing that out. Thanks for commenting.


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tonymead60 5 years ago from Yorkshire

nice hub becky, I'm disabled and these days after converting part of my garden to a courtyard, I do all my gardening in tubes and containers. At least they are never bothered with the usual bugs and blight of just being out in the garden.

cheers


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thank you 2uesday, I appreciate the feedback.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

This is a great hub for anyone wanting to start gardening with containers, so much useful information here.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

TnFlash, I'm glad my hub inspired you to try container gardening this Spring. I hope you have great success with all you grow.


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TnFlash 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Excellent Hub. I like gardening but they can be a lot of work! This Hub has inspired me to try containers this spring.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Yu_First, I'm glad you found the Hub interesting. Thanks


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YU_First 1 5 years ago from Uganda

Becky this is interesting.

I especially loved the part where you give us the appropriate conditions in which the herbs will thrive.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

crystolite, I'm glad you could use some of the information here. Thanks for commenting.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice and interesting article that added something 2 my knowledge.thanks 4 letting know the 2 types of tomatoes we have.


kimboy9-9 5 years ago

The indeterminate type can keep growing to any height and require staking or stringing for support and to keep the vine off the ground............................Good Artical


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Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Great fun article, I love herbs on my porch. I just put some more thyme and oregano in today. They do not get a chance to get tall enough to be a problem :) as I love to cook with fresh herbs. I am curious to the variety of smaller tomato that you have success with on the patio?


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Becky thanks for all this great information, tips and advice on making a container garden . It will help all those looking to do that this spring !

Awesome hub !!!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Carrie, Thank you for reading and commenting.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

These are wonderful tips on gardening Becky especially if you have a balcony, Thanks


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Hi Pamela, Spring is in the air and I'm excited. I've tried those upside down hanging tomato planters and they work well. The only thing is, as they grow larger and the stems get longer you might want to secure them with twine or some sort of string for support. You can also use other items, such as plastic gallon milk jugs or those 2 liter soda bottles to create your own hanging-upside down container. I've used these items, they work just as well. Rinse them out thoroughly, line them with old newspaper before adding the soil to help keep the light out. Another bonus of using newspaper is that it helps to hold in moisture and is bio-degradable. I like to recycle anything I can and all this works well together. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub.


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Becky, this is a great article. With our weather warming up I've been thinking about gardening. I'd never heard of those smart bags, I'll look for them.

Have you tried those hanging tomato planters? They hang so you don't have to use cages. I saw some at Wal-Mart last year but haven't tried them.

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